You have been invited to be a guest on a show at BCTV. How
should you prepare? What should you expect?
Prior to the shoot:
- You and the producer will discuss the questions and
topics that will be covered.
- Ask the producer if visual aids such as photographs,
logos, videos or relevant objects will be needed. If so,
check with BCTV staff as to what is acceptable.
- Ask the producer what colors you should avoid wearing
so you will not blend into the set background.
- Do not wear solid white, red, small checked patterns or
- You will be wearing a clip-on microphone so a suit or
sport jacket is highly recommended.
- Confirm with the producer the date and time of the
- Get the producer’s phone numbers in case of an
emergency. Note BCTV’s phone number, 248.433.7790, in case
you are not able to reach the producer.
- The studio address is 4190 Dublin, Bloomfield Hills, MI
may print a PDF map to the studio by clicking here.
- Arrive 15 – 30 minutes prior to the scheduled shoot
What to expect when you arrive at the Studio:
- Check in with BCTV staff and you will be directed to
our Green Room, where you can prepare for the show.
- The producer will sit down with you to go over what you
will discuss on the show.
- We provide coffee, tea, hot chocolate and bottled
- The studio has oversized restrooms in case clothing
changes are necessary.
- You will complete and sign a standard talent release
form before being escorted into the studio and mic’d by
- All cell phones must be turned off while in the studio.
During the show:
- The host will be asking the questions and taking the
lead on the show
- The host will be communicating with the director
through hand signals that the camera operator is relaying.
- Once the show begins the host will speak into the
camera and introduce you and the topic. You will not
address the camera at any time. You will always address
- Keep your answers to the host’s questions detailed and
- Most shows will take a break midway through the taping.
- When the host wraps up the show, you will stay seated
and talk to the host for a few minutes, to allow the
director to add the credits.
- You are finished when the camera operator says, "We’re